Strained by Katrina, a Hospital Faced Deadly Choices
Katrina will, I am sure, show itself as a real blight in American history - but as this story shows, will it also show that patients were euthanised by the very people who are writing and passing laws that will negate most civil law suits?
Anna Pou, defended herself on national television, saying her role was to “help” patients “through their pain,” a position she maintains today. After a New Orleans grand jury declined to indict her on second-degree murder charges, the case faded from view.
In the four years since Katrina, Pou has helped write and pass three laws in Louisiana that offer immunity to health care professionals from most civil lawsuits
As you will see with a quick look at the bottom of the piece, there is 18 pages to read, but I do ask that you read them all.
The full details of what Pou did, and why, may never be known. But the arguments she is making about disaster preparedness — that medical workers should be virtually immune from prosecution for good-faith work during devastating events and that lifesaving interventions, including evacuation, shouldn’t necessarily go to the sickest first — deserve closer attention.
Now why would this be?
As I mentioned above, Katrina and her aftermath will be a burden that will also be a legacy of the Bush years - but does this mean that people who are in hospital at the time of disaster will be left to die without evacuation or, worse, actively killed because they are a burden to the rescuing forces?
The interviews and documents cast the story of Pou and her colleagues in a new light. It is now evident that more medical professionals were involved in the decision to inject patients — and far more patients were injected — than was previously understood.
I will leave that up to you to see how you react to the story.
Great piece of investigative journalism by Sheri Fink.
I would also say pass along to as many people as you can so they can read this piece.
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